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So it is now 2011 and there is plenty of weight for me still to shed!

I was talking with Hubby the other day and he asked when the last time I was on Sparkpeople...I told him I was not really on there anymore.

He was surprised and suggested I value Sparkpeople again, and reminded me that my determination and motivation I had for weight loss was VALUABLE!!!

I'm taking Hubby's advice and getting myself back to what was working!


~Waking up in the morning and feeling the energy to GO GO GO!!

~Asking Hubby to poke an additional hole through a belt, because it is getting too big!

~Sliding into a pair of jeans, that previously didn't make it past my thighs!
~Jumping into the bathtub for a soak, when I previously crawled into the bathtub to make sure no water would spillith over onto the floor!

~Eating 1/3 of my Giant Hershey's Chocolate Bar and feeling satisfied...grinning from ear to ear knowing I used to eat the whole thing in one sitting (with peanut butter)!!!

~Getting compliments from others on my progress and wanting to know my "secret"!!

~Having a few days without activity...and EAGER to get back to my exercise regimen!

~Hearing that little devil tell me not to worry about any exercise, and just veg: And then I totally do the opposite and kick it in gear....and feel sooooo accomplished after completing my activity!

~Having my 2-year old interact with me more...wanting me to play and chase him...he has embraced the new and energetic me!

~Having my husband encourage me...even through the difficult times...telling me I am becoming the person he was dating 5-years ago!

~Washing my face at the sink, and staring into the mirror...realizing my face looks skinnier!

~Helping my Spark Friends, whether it is through a rough patch or a huge TRIUMPH!!

~No longer thinking of excuses on why I can't go out and socialize with friends and/or family!

~Jogging and feeling my wedding ring jiggle loosely on my skinnier finger!

~Understanding that this is a lifestyle change...and not a diet plan!

~Applying lotion and feeling my legs becoming strong, smaller, and sexier!

~Finally loving and accepting myself for who I am in this very moment!!


My name is Carrie and I am 33-years old and have fluctuated with my weight since my early 20's. In December 2006, I had lower back surgery, and 2 months later, I had a titanium plate inserted into my neck. During that recovery period I gained 40 lbs. June 5th 2007, I found out that I was pregnant and gained an additional 80 lbs. I thought that things would get easier once I recovered from the pregnancy. Unfortunately, I can't do the exercises and running that I did in previous times of weight gain. I am so sick of myself. I think there are two pictures that I am with my son (he will be 2 years old January 2010) because I can't stand the sight of me. Now I realize that my son will see most of his baby/toddler years with his father and other siblings...and not me...all because of my insecurity and disgust!


Waist: 48
Hips: 50.5
Thigh: 29
Up Arms: 16.5

Waist: 45
Hips: 49
Thigh: 27
Up Arms: 15

Waist: 44
Hips: 47.5
Thigh: 26
Up Arms: 14

Waist: 42
Hips: 48
Thigh: 25.5
Up Arms: 13.5

Waist: 41.5
Hips: 47
Thigh: 25.5
Up Arms: 13

Waist: 41.5
Hips: 47
Thigh: 25.5
Up Arms: 13.5

Waist: 41
Hips: 47
Thigh: 24
Up Arms: 12.5

Member Since: 12/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,911

My Goals:
~ Enter everything I eat and watch my intake

~Cut my hair after I fall below 200 lbs.

~ Have some PATIENCE

~ Learn from others

~ Weigh and Measure consistently

~ Wear cute clothes that are hidden in my closet

My Program:
~Increase Activity

~Make Better Food Choices

~Learn to Sacrifice

Personal Information:
I am originally from Salem, Oregon (born and raised). I completed 4-years in the U.S. Navy (stationed in San Diego, CA.) Decided to move elsewhere and complete college. I moved to Texas....and ended up finding the LOVE of my LIFE and married in June 2006. My husband fell in love with the NW and I have 1 more year...then I can start submitting applications in Oregon...and we can settle into our homestead.

Other Information:
Weighing in:

Weigh ins every Monday (hold me accountable for the weekends!)
(1/4/10) 235 (+4)
(1/11/10) 231 (-4)
(1/18/10) 229.5 (-1.5)
(1/25/10) 228.5 (-1)
(2/1/10) 227.5 (-1)
(2/8/10) 226.5 (-1)
(2/15/10) 223 (-3.5)
(2/22/10) 223.5 (+.5)
(3/1/10) 221.5 (-2)
(3/8/10---3 month Sparkversary) 222.5 (+1)
(3/15/10) 224 (+1.5)
(3/22/10) 222 (-2)
(3/29/10) 219.5 (-2.5)
(4/5/10) 215 (-4.5)
(4/12/10) 214 (-1)
(4/19/10) 213 (-1)
(4/26/10) 213.5 (+.5)
(5/3/10) 213 (-.5)
(5/10/10) 212 (-1)
(5/17/10) 210.5 (-1.5)
Due to Sizzlin Summer Challenge...Thursday Weigh Ins
(5/27/10) 208.5 (-2)
(6/3/10) 208.5 (0)
(6/10/10) 208 (-.5)
(6/17/10) 207 (-1)
(6/24/10) 208 (+1)
(7/1/10) 206.5 (-1.5)
(7/8/10) 207.5 (+1)
(7/15/10) 206.5 (-1)
(7/22/10) 208 (+1.5)
(7/29/10) 205.5 (-2.5)
(8/5/10) 206 (+.5)
(8/23/10) 205 (-1)

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    Have a very Merry Christmas buddy ol' palomino!!!

    Hope your family has a beautiful day and enjoy all those efforts you've been putting forth to getting ready for your visitors. I'm sure the house looks gorgeous!

    3799 days ago
    OMG Poor you, darlin!!!

    You guys have had entirely waaaaay too much hulabaloo goings on in your casa lately!!!!!!!!!

    Where to start - fist lmfao over the bright pea green wall paint mishap!!!!

    Never fails - I know having the fam bam all over for the holidays is such a tremendous blessing - BUT - all the prep work sure exhausts even the peppiest of people!! Great work keeping that head held high and spirits up throughout all the chaos like only you can!!! I know they will love being there with you and everyone!!! SO great that not just Brianna will be coming back (lil miss College) but also your bro and fam!! emoticon This Christmas will be one to remember for you all fo sho!!

    I can't wait to hear how it all looks with your new furniture and all - fresh paint and a fresh new you! Look how far you've come since last Christmas!! Kickin a$$ with a trainer and zumba'ing your cares away! YOU ROCK! Hope you realize that...really!!!

    Haha - you know I'm not a sports nut by any means...but....GOOOOOOOO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like they are havin a helluva season!

    Don't worry - Greyson will soon be hopping back into your arms wanting to get smothered in his mama's kisses soon...ahhh the lovely phases they pass through! lmao!!!

    Hope you don't run yourself all ragged with all the planning...I'm pooped just reading about it all!!!

    SO glad to see you back here!!!

    3814 days ago
    Carrie Bearie Sweet Sparkly Sunshine o'mine!!

    OK babydoll-

    I know I've been a bit MIA cuz of work cracking the whip here on internet crap...but...I'm getting worried about ya!!!

    How was your birthday? I haven't seen any feed updates on ya in quite some time and I sure haven't seen your beautiful facey on my page in eons...I really hope all is well with you and the fam. I'm here if ya need me...anytime!!! I'll shoot ya my cell on sparkmail k...

    3818 days ago
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    Hey Care Bear!

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

    I finally got over my race is tomorrow...and I'm out volunteering like crazy! lol

    It's nice to be out doing things again...but I am still scared to death to talk on the it looks like I'll be alone running the book fair cuz I'm too scared to talk to anyone on the know silly thing to be scared of...but...oh

    I put on my first Harvest Fair for the school...I think it was a big hit with the kids! I was face painting the whole I have no idea how it all went..I even had to turn away kids at the end because our line was SOOOOO long and there was only me and one other teacher doing face painting, we just couldn't do them all...I felt so bad seeing all those sad faces :( I wish I could have taken pictures...we had a HUGE air blown was alot of fun! and such a great turn out!

    I am putting on a Book Fair the week after this week...and it's my first I am kinda nervous about this too! But like the fair...they are my learning experiences on what to do and not to do for next am hoping to at least get 1200 from the fair...but to make that in just 2 days will be super hard! We shall

    My gram is doing the best she can be...she had to put down both her horses a couple weeks ago...I have been worried about her...but she seems to be doing ok...while they were her life...she is realizing all the freedom she now has to do whatever she wants since she only has her dogs and cats to care for. She is even buying herself a She is still sad that her horses are gone...but they lived a long life and it was just their time...

    Halloween was actually alot of fun! One of Joy's friends had a halloween birthday party...and they had alot of fun all day...then our church has a trunk or treat where there are about 70 cars that offer their trunks so kids go trick or treating from trunk to trunk knowing they are safe...It was our 3rd year...Joy got a ton of candy! lol...she loves doing that every year...she even got to pet a real tranchula (err....however you spell BIG FREAKIN SPIDER)

    Weather has been ok's nice to have sunny, but chili days...and the last few days it was raining...but never when I had to walk anywhere...thank goodness! They are saying it's gonna be a very cold winter this year...I'm ok with that as long as we get SNOW!!! It hasn't really snowed here and stuck in a LONG TIME! I love the snow!! So I am hoping for at least 3 well maybe not 3...but a foot world be to make a snow man with....hehehe

    How was your halloween??? How is family life? Is your daughter in College now? How's the trainer working out? I think that is awesome your dad got you a trainer! WOOT WOOT!

    I miss chattin at ya, but I know life is know that your Oregon bud is wishin ya the bestest! :) Take care sweetie!

    Big Ol Hugs!
    Me :)
    3838 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/12/2010 7:29:00 PM
    Hey Lady....just stopping in to wish you a VERY happy weekend!

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    3838 days ago
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